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“I am saddened to hear of Lyman’s death. We have been friends since kindergarten at the old Central School and spend much of our younger years...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: John Wachsteter - Short HIlls, NJ

“Dear Janie and Susie, You two, Lyman and I were childhood friends in Owosso and attended Central School together. I have wonderful memories of...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: RandySue Swartzmiller - FL

“I was a friend of Bunny Woodard and didn't get to know Lyman very well, but in recent years I was kept informed (through Owosso friends) about his...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Sally (Bremer) Hord - Trinity, NC

“Thanks for the music, Lyman. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Frank Traum - Grosse Pointe, MI

“I knew that I would get to hear Lyman's music at least once a year when we would all meet up to do the Focus:Hope Christmas benefit. He was such a...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Barbara Bredius - Troy, MI

“you will be missed by this ex-pat Detroit area native ... ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: A Fan - Birmingham, AL

“Just saw Lyman's picture in today's Detroit News. A great loss to those who knew Lyman. A lot of fond memories of Lyman: the beach in Elberta;...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Tom Harrelson - Ortonville, MI

“I worked with Lyman in the 60's and 70's in Detroit at United Sound and Special Recording studios. Lyman was playing with the Don Davis Trio at the...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: George Patak - Farmington Hills, MI

“Oh Jane I'm so sorry for your loss! You may not remember me, you used to come to my house on the River in Owosso. I was a neighbor of Tommie Clarks...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: sally hall minzey - mio, MI

“One of my first friends at 5 years old, Lyman and I were very good "buddies" all the way through school. Many fun times with him and his family when...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Jim Bishop - Saint Ignace, MI


Lyman Elnathan Woodard Sr., age 66, of Owosso, MI passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at Memorial Healthcare, Owosso, MI.

There will be a Memorial Service held at a later date.

Lyman was born in Owosso, Michigan on March 3, 1942, the son of Lyman Elnathan and Jane Elizabeth (Wiggins) Woodard and resided most of his life in the Detroit area. Lyman married Cynthia Elaine King on August 30, 2004. She passed away April 5, 2005.

Lyman was a graduate of Owosso High School and attended Oscar Peterson School of Jazz in Toronto. He started playing the piano at the age of three and was a gifted piano and Hammond B3 organ player, music was his life. He was a Director and Arranger for Motown and toured with Martha Reeves. Lyman owned and operated Corridor Records of Detroit and was the Director and Arranger for Lyman Woodard Trio and Lyman Woodard Organization. He was a well known & beloved musical artist in Detroit. Lyman was also a short story writer and retired to his family farm in Owosso where he spent his later years.

He is survived by his son Lyman Elnathan Woodard, IV of Hamtramck, MI, twin sisters, Jane Stevens of Sisters, OR & Susan Sasso of Olema, CA; and his niece Sarah and Joe Purcell of Dublin, Ireland. Lyman was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Shiawassee County Humane Society. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel Owosso, MI.

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